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Sony Xperia Z Review

0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2013, 10:56 posted on

A new flagship model, a new Xperia phone is here to try and overpower the dominant species. Is that even possible? Why, we say nothing is impossible! Ladies and gents, we're giving you the Sony Xperia Z!

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:21 1

190. mansoor (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)

"Release date: A phone released a year ago and rated as excellent should not be compared to a device that has just came out and has received the same rating. As the technology evolves, it is logical that the new models should meet higher expectations."
What kind of expectations are we talking about here? It seems unclear to me that the fact that it is a high end phone with high IP rating, first phone with HDR, Bravia Engine 2, Glass back and front, very sexy design, 2.2Mpix front face camera (/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9y55J3jyWME), good battery life.

"8.5-10 - Excellent : the performance and the features offered by the device are superb."

Given that the XZ only got 8.5 score, it just got the minimum grade to have it categorized as an Excellent phone which is annoying that a great phone like XZ to receive only this much.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:00 4

176. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Below the rating, there is a link to the page explaining it:


If you want to compare the rating and judge "which is better", you should compare the Z with recently reviewed high-end smartphones. However, to get an objective information, we suggest reading the whole review text (not only the rating!) and get all the facts. Also, we do VS articles, comparing two phones directly.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:38 3

192. schinnak (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

It was a good review. S3 was top of the cream when it was launched in terms of specs and new features on touchwiz. It fully deserved the score.

Now you have droid DNA, galaxy note 2 etc with similar specs which came before xperia Z. Apart from the dust proof and water proof thingy - what else sets this phone apart and on the top???

The score and review is fully justifiable.8.5/10 is a good score for this phone.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:49 4

193. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

but you are forgetting that phonearena, or at least the author was never known to be too optimistic of sony. it surely deserves higher scores but for phonearena, well you should get used to this sort of stuff. you know what i do? i add 1 or at least a 0.5 to their score if its sony and -1 if its apple.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:03 1

194. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

galaxy s3 got 9.3
galaxy s4 might got 9.5 above or else that wud be very disappointing haha

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:13 2

197. SleepingOz (unregistered)

This is the best android flagship atm, but I doubt it'll stand a chance against the upcoming flagships of HTC, LG and ofc, Samsung.
Not to forget the Motorola X as well.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:21 1

214. ravearamashi (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)

Absolutely true. It's all about software features, benchmarks and processor power doesn't matter anymore as long as the device is running on Jelly Bean, any dual core and above phone would be able to run it lag-free in theory. It goes the same to Droid DNA and Optimus G and Note II. DNA and Optimus G specs and benchmarks blows Note II out of the water, but in terms of software features such as the Multiwindows while on Optimus G and DNA, you don't have lots of features compared to Note II, and that's why Note II overall just wins because Samsung took the device potential to the max

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 01:41 11

260. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

920 can only win brick of the year 2012 :P

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:25 1

236. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

you clearly don't understand the way how PA scores

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 18:09 1

248. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

The simple fact of the matter is that the 13 megapixel camera on the Xperia Z isn't better then the competition. I wouldn't mind if they put a larger sensor on these phone because this whole dumbass thing about I have to have the thinest and lightest phone urks my nerves... I wouldn't mind a few extra ounces on a phone so it can have an above average camera.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the camera is bad. The camera is well above average and can perform just as well as other flagships, but it doesn't out shoot them which is why Ray S. says the photos aren't anything to write home about. I would go deep in depth about the photos but keep in mind these photos are taken under overcast conditions.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:27 1

262. gboo2565 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

I have a feeling you wouldn't like the result of that camera comparison Derry..Does seem a bit strange though that Sony can't get their camera quality up..

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:55

264. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 164; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

Videos come up with excellent detail and a solid 30fps framerate

this from the preview and I won't keep the whole review in my mind with the very words

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:24 3

270. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2204; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Don't judge a phone by its rating

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:25 1

271. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2204; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Lol :D

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:25

272. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2204; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Indeed :D

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:27 2

273. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2204; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Better design, NFC support, thinner, better construction, better build, better functions (ie, battery stamina mode) expandable storage, higher resolution camera (better detail), thinner, lighter,Jelly Bean out of the box,

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:28 3

274. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2204; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I know, the Iphone doesn't even have a 720p HD screen, and many phones made in the same year did! -_-

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:29

275. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2204; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

You can't compare phones with release dates that has big gap.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:47 2

292. nanotechnos (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

Yes it's my first post, so what ? um um

Just got my Sony Xperia Z in pre-pre-pre sale (ok 4 day is like a pre sale no ? :D)

Slick and beautiful device, in comparaison my Note 2 seems to be a plastic toy (but wait ! It's in plastic :D)

Screen is really sharp, but the contrast is... disappointing to be fair. Color aren(t as vibrant as the Bravia Engine 2 was expecting to do.

The ip57-55 certification is really fun, it might fzeel awkward to wash you phone the first time, but it indeed seems "logical" after a few wash.

Comparing my Note 2 in term of screen, both has their pros and cons, the Xperia z seems tiny in comparaison of the Note 2.
But, the image is really sharper, although it seems lavish.

Comparing to my good old iPhone 4s, the quality of the iPhone regardless the tiny/minuscule/ size of the screen looks and feel superior. Contrast and colors especially.

When the 3 phone face off, they all fit a certain usage.

Note 2 for the autonomy and the AWESOME stylus (no more "Where is that godamn f*cking pen ?!" when you receive a call). 1 full day with CONTINOUS HSPDA/call/internet mail.

Xperia Z to get the feeling of an iPhone and the quality of android. Did I say it's washable ? Really good device, but regarding the price, I might end up to sell him and keep Note2+iphone 4S.

iPhone 4S, for an all in one device (that audio and apps) with miserable autonomy... (but I will never get rid of it :D)

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:08 4

303. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

So many Negative comments and feedback about your site?
Hope you have learnt a lesson??
Don't underestimate the knowledge of the visitors of this site, visitors will not buyin to whatever garbage you throw...why am I even coming back to this filthy site...damn I wasted my time typing this...

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:10 1

304. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

wow..you are so intelligent :)

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:07

307. LDnb6 (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)

you know nothing about phone dude.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 04:09

312. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

S? Sucker?

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 22:53

323. rey514 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

hahaha.. what is that? samsung galaxy s3 mini with a dual core processor 1ghz, 5 mp camera and with a screen that isnt a gorilla glass beats sony xperia z, a quad core 1.7 ghz monster, water resistant, scratch resistant and a camera that boast a 13 mp... instead of informing the people, we try to confuse them...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:36 1

339. X55526622233 (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)

just buy gs4 xperia z htc one That is how I will compare these phones. right now I have xperia z. waiting for htc one. One word for xperia Z "AWESOME"

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:02 11

2. hung2900 (Posts: 964; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

One more time the gimmicky 13 MP camera is proved to be pointless, when the details are only marginally better but have to trading off the noise reduction and color reproduction. The last year Exmor R of Xperia S is not very good, this one is better but still compromising.
I checked a lot of Xperia Z reviews , and most of them say the camera is just OK.
HDR video cam is the only good point here.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:12 3

43. Feanor (Posts: 830; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

I agree that if you don't implement correctly a novel technology, you will not get the results you were hoping for, but so many comparisons in the web demonstrated the camera of the Z as a clear winner over iPhone 5, Samsung GS3 and Note 2 and many others. Until I bumped on this review I was quite impressed with this camera. And honestly speaking the way that this review explains the camera doesn't sound like a very accurate way to judge. You need proper comparisons with the competition for this and in those cases the Z really shone. Maybe Phone Arena was hoping that the Exmor RS sensor will offer DSLR levels of shooting quality, but for me anything that is marginally better than the already very good iPhone 5 and GS3 is already a great achievement.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:53 8

135. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

The photo quality is a bit shocker, Sony uses so much noise reduction that results look like upconverted 8MP pictures. Even more interesting how Oppo manages to produce SIGNIFICANTLY SHARPER images with better color reproduction and compression method, I read somewhere it features the 2nd version of the Exmor RS, but is it possible that Oppo got one technology newer than Sony's own flagship?

Check the details up close, these are genuine 13MP shots with proper pixel sharpness, and dynamic range is also top notch as advertized. Not bad during the night or up close either.


Now someone tell me how Oppo makes this much better pictures with the same Sony sensor...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:58

220. ubuntu (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

op op op op op op op op op
Why do u always talk about oppo gangnam style!
i see you everywhere lol

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:03 18

3. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

shut the F**k up and take my money!!

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